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I need book recommendations to read while I write.

Postby Solemn » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:44 pm

I haven't read fiction in over a decade, but I know I should be reading while I write! Now, I'm writing a largely introspective work about child abandonment, abuse, and neglect from the point of an adult victim. I need a few books that might have a similar tone and point of view to help me. I don't necessarily need a book about abuse-- just something at least a little introspective and serious. I do have a few free books on my Google Play, but Oliver Twist won't help me because it's too stilted and awkward and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH aren't nearly introspective enough. Dave Pelzer books might give me information about abusive events, but I've read a little of them and they won't help me with voice. Anybody have any recommendations?

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Re: I need book recommendations to read while I write.

Postby cynicalwanderer » Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:08 pm

There's a hefty genre often referred to as "misery lit" that you might want to research, which deals primarily with such themes. If you type that phrase into Wikipedia, there's a whole page on the subject. The books of Jodi Picoult spring to mind as examples of the genre, but there are plenty more.
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Re: I need book recommendations to read while I write.

Postby Solemn » Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:15 pm

Dude, that information is super-helpful. Thanks a ton!

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Re: I need book recommendations to read while I write.

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Re: I need book recommendations to read while I write.

Postby g-girl3 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:16 pm

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls—it's nonfiction but reads like a novel, and I think it's just the tone you're looking for.

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